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SCOTTBURGH

INTRODUCTION

This peaceful haven of tranquility along the South Coast, also known as the Hibiscus or Strelitzia Coast, is the perfect place for holiday makers looking for an action-packed or a laze-on-the-beach itinerary. This little town offers almost every activity possible on land and sea. The first township laid out South of Durban in 1860, Scottburgh was named in honour of the governor of Natal, John Scott. On 7th August 1874, the first ship, the "Alexandra" made her first call at Port Scottburgh. But in 1877 the shipping company went bankrupt. North of Scottburgh, you will find Clansthal, where the Aliwal Shoal lies - 2 1/2 miles offshore, 1 mile long and 3/4 miles wide. Discovered in 1849 by Captain James Anderson of the barque "Aliwal" when he narrowly missed a collision with it. A light house was eventually built at Clansthal and another at Scottburgh in 1892 to mark this shoal, and later it was moved to Port Shepstone. 

ATTRACTIONS

  • The Green Point Lighthouse: A national monument situated on a hill high above the Aliwal Shoal to prevent ships from meeting their fate with this beautiful but dangerous rocky formation.

  • Sezela Sugar Mill: Tours can be arranged at the Scottburgh Publicity Office to view one of the largest sugar mills in South Africa.

  • Crocworld: North of Scottburgh on the old Main road. View the Nile crocs from a safe distance, feeding is twice daily which is always a spectacular sight. A short trail is also available and indigenous birds like flamingos and fish eagles can be seen.

  • T.C Nature Reserve: Just outside Scottburgh, this Park offers guided walks, very scenic with various small animals and birds in the area. A self-guided trail is also available as well as braai and toilet facilities.

  • Umdoni Park: Close to Botha House, holiday home of former South African President and the Umdoni Golf Course. Home to wild and beautiful plant life and the colourful Knysna Loerie. Enjoy a peaceful trail through the giant Umdoni and Natal Mahogany trees.

ACTIVITIES

  • Swimming: Scottburgh's main beach has shark nets and lifeguards all year round. Rocky Bay beach has shark nets and lifeguards in season, it is a great beach for shell collecting and snorkeling. Many other beaches in the area are also open to swimming, rock and tidal pools found at the beaches are great for children and offer an interesting past time.

  • Diving: The Aliwal Shoal is the best diving spot on the Southern shores after Sodwana Bay, offering colourful marine and plant life. Various diving charters can be found in Umkomaas.

  • Walking Trails: The South Coast has an abundance of trails for you to explore with a diverse and interesting fauna and flora collection. Small animals such as vervet monkeys and blue duiker can be seen as well as a large variety of colourful birds which will keep the bird watcher enthusiast fascinated for hours. 

  • Golf: There are 4 nationally acclaimed golf courses for you to choose from for a relaxing round of golf. The Scottburgh, Selborne, Umdoni and Umkomaas are all available to book at.

  • Fishing: Game fishing Charters are available for bookings in the area for the ultimate fishing experience. Umkomaas, the river mouth is another popular fishing spot, as well as the rocky area of Umdoni.

  • Sport: Various other sports are available in the town, such as surfing, horse riding and hiking. Bowling and tennis are available at the local Country Clubs.